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Kristian Austin, part time model
Kristian Austin, part time model

IS this St Helen’s most masculine man?

Kristian Austin, of Newton-Le-Willows, is a top 40 finalist in the Bluebeards Revenge competition - Britain’s Manliest Man - which is supported by Orchid cancer charity and Men’s Fitness Magazine.

If he was to be selected he would become Orchid’s ambassador, aiming to raise awareness of testicular and other male-related cancers.

The 22-year-old, who also works in IT at North West Vending, was selected out of 1.500 applicants,

He said: “I would love to be an ambassador for Orchid, as it is a great cause.

“There have been a massive amount of people who have testicular cancer so it is important to raise awareness of the illness and what signs to look out for.

“I have previously worked with other Cancer Research organisations and have done a bungee jump to raise money for this research.”

Kristian, a former Newton Selwyn Jones High School pupil, has been a part-time model since his school days.

He has worked with brands including Debenhams, Toni & Guy and most recently worked with Manchester City footballer Joe Hart on one of the new Head & Shoulders commercials.

He said: “I have always had a passion for being a model from an early age. I have done lots of different things for various brands. It was just something I was interested in when I was younger and it spiralled.”

A spokesman for Bluebeards Revenge said: “The Bluebeards Revenge has teamed up with the charity for the campaign, in an urgent bid to persuade men of all ages to Man Up and Check for the early signs of testicular cancer. Many guys are still burying their heads in the sand with regards to this very important issue, but with an overall cure rate of 96 per cent the disease is highly treatable – and the sooner it’s spotted, the better.”

People can vote online by visiting

Each of the 40 finalists has a brief biog with a comment on why they think they are the manliest man.

Voting closes on November 23.

Follow Kristian on Twitter @krisjaustin